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CTSI: Workforce Survey 2016

August 24, 2016 by LGiU

The Chartered Trading Standard’s Institute’s workforce survey 2016 provides the most concise and up to date information available on the state of local authority trading standards services operating across England, Scotland and Wales. The final report provides factual information on trading standards budgets, staffing levels, specialist skills and structure within…


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May’s U-turn on Mayors

August 22, 2016 by Lauren Lucas

Lauren Lucas, LGiU's Head of Projects, reacts to today's report that Theresa May is to abandon George Osborne's plans for imposing regional mayors.


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New for C’llr Awards 2016: Local Trust’s Community Collaborator category

August 17, 2016 by LGiU

Debbie Ladds, chief executive of Local Trust, introduces this year’s new category for C’llr Achievement Awards 2016: Local Trust’s Community Collaborator Award. Who is it for and why does it matter? At the Local Government Association conference in July 2016, we invited local and national political leaders and others to debate…


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Labour’s candidate for Manchester Mayor is…

August 10, 2016 by Jonathan Carr-West

Andy Burnham was yesterday selected as Labour candidate for Mayor of Greater Manchester. Given GM’s voting record that means that barring something extraordinary happening he will become mayor next May. Though based on the last year in British politics generally and the Labour Party specifically, you’ve got to be pretty…


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Award-winners corner: Cllr Val Gibson

August 9, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

In the run-up to this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards, we are interviewing previous winners about their proudest moments. In the third of the series we hear from Val Gibson, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Wolverhampton City Council. Name Val Gibson Council Wolverhampton Council Positions held Cabinet Member for Children and…


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Building a vibrant night time economy

August 8, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

This article is taken from ‘Building a vibrant night time economy’, a report published by LGiU and Portman Group in July 2016. A vibrant night time economy brings with it many benefits. It is estimated to be worth £66bn a year to the UK economy and employs 1.3m people, so…


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Pokémon Goes Local

August 4, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

Maybe you’re already out chasing Charmanders and Pikachus. Maybe you’ve been tutting at the latest craze that keeps people glued to their smart phones. Whether you’re a lover or a hater, you’d have to be living under a rock to avoid hearing about Pokemon Go. Like the mean mom I’ve…


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Award-winners corner: Cllr Janet Burgess

July 29, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

In the run-up to this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards, we are interviewing previous winners about their proudest moments. In the second of the series we hear from Janet Burgess, Deputy Leader of Islington Council. Name Janet Burgess Council Islington Council Positions held Deputy Leader Which award did you win? Age UK Award –…


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Award-winners corner: Jason Kitcat

July 25, 2016 by Jennifer Glover

In the run-up to this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards, we are interviewing previous winners about their proudest moments. In the first of the series we hear from Jason Kitcat, former leader of Brighton and Hove City Council. Name Jason Kitcat Council Brighton and Hove City Council Positions held Leader Which award…


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